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Food Pyramids Around the World

Food Pyramids Around the World

The U.S. Food Pyramid may have gone the way of the dodo (in favor of the MyPlate option) but plenty of countries around the world are still actively using theirs to promote healthy eating guidelines for the public. A few countries do use an actual pyramid shape, similar to the American template but with a few bells and whistles added to reflect local food tastes. Other countries have thrown it out for something completely new and more reflective of the local culture.

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China, for example, has a food pagoda (no, it’s not simply the regular food pyramid in a pagoda shape) that focuses on a varied diet but promotes legumes, soy, and sweet potato. Though the general sentiment may be the same as the old U.S. Food Pyramid, the pagoda is more culturally specific.

Germany, on the other hand, also uses a food pyramid… but they wanted to show off their technical skills with it too. They’re using a 3D pyramid as an intricate digital creation with each side of the pyramid representing a food group, which is then broken down further into portion sizes for specific foods.

Regardless of what food pyramid your country uses, it’s clear that the outline for what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t is similar everywhere… grains, fruits, and vegetables are good, alcohol, soda, and processed food is bad. But many food pyramids tailor that breakdown to fit the eating habits of that specific region and culture, the food available to that population, and how much or little guidance the government feels people need in order to eat healthily.

Read on to see what kinds of food pyramids people are using as a dietary guideline around the world.

3D Food Pyramid — Germany

The German food guidelines are a technological marvel. By upgrading the traditional food pyramid to a 3D design, they can incorporate much more detail on the food groups as well as more information on their 10 nutritional guidelines. Each side of the pyramid is broken into a separate food group, which is then broken further into units to show the suggested intake for each food collection. It also works with ratios between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates so each meal can be balanced appropriately, regardless of how much you’re eating as a whole.

Food Stairs — France

The French have a staircase with nine stairs/rules. The foods you should eat the least of are at the bottom of the stairs, and those you can eat the most of are at the top of the stairs. There’s also a tap with running water at the top of the stairs to emphasize hydration… like the fountain of life! There’s also an accompanying magnifying glass which shows you which foods you should be eating very little of (sugars, processed foods, etc.). Don’t forget the happy family running to the top of the stairs: exercise is the key to healthy diets. The guidelines also recommend eating starchy foods depending on your appetite, so eat a lot when you’re hungry and stop when you aren’t… that’s the hallmark of French eating.

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Serusha Govender is the The Daily Meal's Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @SerushaGovender


10 Food Pyramids From Around The World

The US Food Pyramid may be dead, but many countries around the world still look to the pyramid to convey nutritional advice for its citizens. Americans now can get used to the new MyPlate design -- which is similar to Spain, Australia and Britain's, by the way -- but in China, Poland, and elsewhere, we've found some creativity.

We also found a lot of similarities between the ways countries tell their citizens to eat -- and some differences. While most of the guidelines propose a similar ratio of proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy to the U.S.'s MyPlate, some contain regionally specific advice. It is clear that dietary images worldwide struggle to strike a balance between comprehensive but chaotic information (see Germany's 3D pyramid) and simple design with few specifics (see Hungary's house).

Here on Food Republic, co-founder Marcus Samuelsson noted last week that the rest of the world looks to the US as a leader, so we'll see if other countries jettison the pyramid for the plate. In the meantime, here's a look at 10 of the most visually stimulating food guideline charts from around the world.


How Many Pyramids are there in the World?

1. Giza

Probably the most famous pyramids in the world, Giza is home to Ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid, the famous Sphinx and two other amazing pyramids. The largest pyramid in Giza, and in the world, belongs to the second king of the Fourth Dynasty, Khufu or “Cheop”. Khufu’s pyramid is Giza’s oldest and, at its great size of 145 metres, became known as “The Great Pyramid”. In fact, Khufu’s pyramid was once the tallest structure in the world as well as being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Giza is also where one finds the Great Sphinx. Estimated to date back to 2528–2520 BC, some Egyptologists believe that this majestic half man, half lion is modelled on Khafra.

2. Teotihuacan

The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan measures 225m by 222m at its base and 75m high is one of the largest and most impressive pyramids on the planet. Teotihuacan was a holy Mesoamerican city built in around 400 BC in what is now Mexico and forms one of the country’s oldest archaeological sites. Characterised by looming stepped pyramids, one of the most impressive aspects of Teotihuacan is the sheer size of these monuments. Incredibly well-preserved, despite a fire which tore through Teotihuacan in the 7th century, Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to Teotihuacan can maneouver their way through the city via its original streets, such as Avenue of the Dead, which divided the city into quarters, although take note that the site is absolutely enormous.

3. Angkor Wat

The ancient Khmer empire built some astounding structures and nestled among the wider Angkor site are a number of step pyramids – notably the late 9th / early 10th century Phnom Bakheng temple and the Baksei Chamkrong temple. Incredibly grand and ornately decorated, Angkor Wat’s sand-coloured buildings rise up to form five towers, representing the home of the Hindu deities. Friezes and sculptures are found throughout, depicting both day-to-day life from the time it was built and religious events. Whilst the complex in Angkor is believed to have been founded circa 980 AD by Yasovarman I, king of the Khmer Dynasty, Angkor Wat itself is thought to date back to the twelfth century. Today Angkor is one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist sites, there’s an incredible amount to see and it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

4. Saqqara

Saqqara was the burial ground of the Egyptian city of Memphis and home to numerous pyramids and tombs. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Saqqara contains eleven major pyramids sprawled over six miles, including the first ever pyramid, known as the Step Pyramid and funerary complex of pharaoh Djoser. Saqqara is massive and, for those short on time the best places to see are in the north, including the Serapeum, Djoser’s funerary complex and, in between these two, the Mastaba of Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep, the son and grandson of official Ptah-Hotep.

5. Chichen Itza

Stunningly well-preserved and imposingly beautiful, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most impressive historical sites and includes the world famous, looming Mesoamerican step-pyramid known as El Castillo. A UNESCO World Heritage site based in the forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is actually made up of two cities built by two peoples, the Mayas and the Toltecs. The site is made up of several surviving buildings including a circular observatory known as El Caracol, the Warriors’ Temple and El Castillo.

6. Pyramid of Cestius

The Pyramid of Cestius is a truly unique Roman pyramid built as a tomb for the affluent magistrate Caius Cestius between 18 and 12 BC. Constructed of white marble and brick, this ostentatious 35-metre high tomb was likely built in this style due to the popularity of all things Egyptian which swept Rome after Egypt was incorporated into the Empire. Inside the tomb contained a number of frescoes depicting scenes from Roman mythology while an inscription still visible on the exterior gives details about its construction and dedication. This pyramid-tomb was later set into the Aurelian Walls, helping to ensure its preservation through the ages.

7. Monte Alban

A remarkable UNESCO listed pre-Columbian site in Mexico, Monte Alban contains a number of large and impressive pyramids, probably built by the Zapotecs. Monte Alban was inhabited for approximately 1,500 years by a succession of civilisations, including the Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs and, at its peak, had a population of around 25,000 people. The site is characterised by over 2,200 terraces as well as numerous pyramid structures, large staircases, ornate palaces, elaborate tombs and even a ball court – the ball games played were as serious as it gets and often ended in the death of the losers. Today, Monte Alban is a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a small on-site museum showing some of the finds from the excavations.

8. Tchogha Zanbil

One of a handful of surviving Mesopotamian ziggurats and a crucial entry on any list of pyramids of the world, Tchogha Zanbil forms part of the remains of the ancient city of Dur Untash, the holy capital of the Elamite Kingdom. The undeniable focal point of the ruins of Tchogha Zanbil is one of the greatest – if not in fact the greatest – ziggurats to have been built in Mesopotamia. Originally a temple dedicated to the deity Inshushinak, it developed to become the ornate pyramid-like structure – ziggurat – that stands today, although at 25 metres high it is now just a shadow of its former self having once risen to 60 metres.

9. Brihadisvara Temple

One of several remarkable Hindu temples built by the leaders of the Chola Empire, the Brihadisvara temple has a quite spectacular central pyramid structure. Built from 1003 to 1010 during the reign of Rajaraja I, the temple was constructed in honour of the Hindu deity Shiva. It is an incredibly ornate and grand mostly granite structure, with seemingly endless sculptures and carvings chronicling this deity’s life as well as that of other holy figures.

10. Dahshur

Dahshur was once home to eleven Ancient Egyptian pyramids, of which few have survived. However, for those wishing to view the Egypt’s pyramids in peace and quiet, Dahshur is the place to go. Unlike the more popular Giza and Saqqara, Dahshur has not become a tourist hotspot, despite its ancient attractions, including the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. Built by the pharaoh Sneferu, founder of the Fourth Dynasty and father of Khufu, the Red Pyramid is one of Dahshur’s most famous residents and the second oldest pyramid ever built. In fact, it is thought that this was where Sneferu himself was buried.


Lots of little triangles and images make up the South American diet.

While the US nutritional plan we should be following looks like this:

If you want to see the food pyramids of other countries, Huffington Post has a few more you can compare to ours here .


Lots of little triangles and images make up the South American diet.

While the US nutritional plan we should be following looks like this:

Many of us are probably following one that looks more like this:

What do you think? Who has the best food pyramid?

If you want to see the food pyramids of other countries, Huffington Post has a few more you can compare to ours here.


4. Ziggurat of Ur – Iraq

The ziggurat at the ancient city of Ur is one of the most well-preserved monuments of the Sumerians. Built for the Sumerian king Ur-Nammu in the mid-21st century B.C., once had three stories of terraced brick connected by staircases and topped with a shrine to a moon god. It eroded over time and was restored by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II in the 6th century B.C., then again by archaeologists in the 20th century. The massive step pyramid measured 64 m (210 ft) in length, 45 m (148 ft) in width and over 30 m (98 ft) in height. The structure would have been the highest point in the city by far and would have been visible for miles around, a focal point for travelers and the pious alike. The height is speculative, as only the foundations of the Sumerian ziggurat have survived. In antiquity, to visit the ziggurat at Ur was to seek both spiritual and physical nourishment.


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What makes Traditional Diets different?

At first glance, a Mediterranean diet might seem vastly different than traditional Asian or African cooking, but in reality, these rich cuisines are much more alike than they are different. It is the current Western diet, with seemingly endless fast food, sodas, and highly processed snacks that is out of place!

While Mediterranean regions may favor fava beans and chickpeas, Southeast Asian nations may favor lentils, and Latin American cooking may show preference for black beans and pinto beans, we don’t debate over which bean is best for health. Rather, we learn from the fact that pulses (and other plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) are a staple of these nutritious diets, and should be a staple in our diets as well.

Once you learn more about the foundations of many of world’s most delicious cuisines, you’ll realize that you’re not just boxed in to one style of eating. With a few swaps in spices and ingredients, a grocery cart filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and pulses can take on entirely new life, easily transforming from Mediterranean to African to Asian, and beyond.

Traditional diets also differ from the Western style of eating in that they emphasize the cultural aspects of eating, such as cooking meals at home, and enjoying food in the company of friends and family. Rather than succumbing to mindless eating, microwave meal plans, or munching in front of the television, embracing the community aspect of traditional diets can help cultivate wider support for a healthy, happy life.


Healthy Eating Plate

Drink water, tea, or coffee (with little or no sugar). Limit milk/dairy (1-2 servings/day) and juice (1 small glass/day). Avoid sugary drinks.

The more veggies &mdash and the greater the variety &mdash the better. Potatoes and French fries don’t count.

Eat plenty of fruits of all colors

Choose fish, poultry, beans, and nuts limit red meat and cheese avoid bacon, cold cuts, and other processed meats.

Eat a variety of whole grains (like whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, and brown rice). Limit refined grains (like white rice and white bread).

Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

Looking for a printable copy? Download one here, and hang it on your refrigerator to serve as a daily reminder when planning and preparing your meals! Translations of the Healthy Eating Plate are also available in over 25 languages.

Building a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Make most of your meal vegetables and fruits – ½ of your plate.
Aim for color and variety, and remember that potatoes don’t count as vegetables on the Healthy Eating Plate because of their negative impact on blood sugar.

Go for whole grains – ¼ of your plate.
Whole and intact grains—whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice, and foods made with them, such as whole wheat pasta—have a milder effect on blood sugar and insulin than white bread, white rice, and other refined grains.

Protein power – ¼ of your plate.
Fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are all healthy, versatile protein sources—they can be mixed into salads, and pair well with vegetables on a plate. Limit red meat, and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.

Healthy plant oils – in moderation.
Choose healthy vegetable oils like olive, canola, soy, corn, sunflower, peanut, and others, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which contain unhealthy trans fats. Remember that low-fat does not mean “healthy.”

Drink water, coffee, or tea.
Skip sugary drinks, limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and limit juice to a small glass per day.

Stay active.
The red figure running across the Healthy Eating Plate’s placemat is a reminder that staying active is also important in weight control.

The main message of the Healthy Eating Plate is to focus on diet quality:

  • The type of carbohydrate in the diet is more important than the amount of carbohydrate in the diet, because some sources of carbohydrate—like vegetables (other than potatoes), fruits, whole grains, and beans—are healthier than others.
  • The Healthy Eating Plate also advises consumers to avoid sugary beverages, a major source of calories—usually with little nutritional value—in the American diet.
  • The Healthy Eating Plate encourages consumers to use healthy oils, and it does not set a maximum on the percentage of calories people should get each day from healthy sources of fat. In this way, the Healthy Eating Plate recommends the opposite of the low-fat message promoted for decades by the USDA.

Your Plate and the Planet

Your Questions Answered


The Healthy Eating Plate does not define a certain number of calories or servings per day from each food group. The relative section sizes suggest approximate relative proportions of each of the food groups to include on a healthy plate. They are not based on specific calorie amounts, and they are not meant to prescribe a certain number of calories or servings per day, since individuals’ calorie and nutrient needs vary based on age, gender, body size, and level of activity.

As the name suggests, the Healthy Eating Plate is visualized as a single plate, however it can be used as a guide for creating healthy, balanced meals—no matter which type of dishware is used!

  • For example, while you wouldn’t consume soup on a plate—you can consider the relative sizes of each section when choosing what to add to the pot before serving in a bowl: make about half of your ingredients a variety of colorful vegetables (carrots, celery, spinach, tomatoes, sautéed in olive oil), and the other half a mix of whole grains (such as farro) and a healthy protein (such as beans).
  • Or maybe you’re eating your meal in courses, or as multiple dishes in smaller sizes: a plate of grilled fish over brown rice a green side salad filled with veggies and some fruit for a sweet end to the meal.
  • Portioning a meal into separate components is also common when packing a lunchbox—especially for kids.

There are many cultures around the world in which people may not eat their meals from a plate. Although our translations of this guide maintain the single-plate graphic, we encourage its use for creating healthy, balanced meals in context of cultural and individual customs and preferences.


For some people, moderate alcohol consumption can offer health benefits, whereas for others alcohol may pose risks. Learn more about the risks and benefits of alcohol.

The Healthy Eating Plate, created by nutrition experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and editors at Harvard Health Publications, was designed to address deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s MyPlate. The Healthy Eating Plate provides detailed guidance, in a simple format, to help people make the best eating choices.

The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists. Learn more about how the Healthy Eating Plate compares to the USDA’s MyPlate.


Generations of Americans are accustomed to the food pyramid design, and it’s not going away. In fact, the Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate complement each other. See how you can use the Healthy Eating Pyramid as a guide for your grocery shopping list.


According to research done at Harvard Chan School of Public Health and elsewhere [1-3], following the guidelines presented through the Healthy Eating Pyramid and Healthy Eating Plate can lead to a lower risk of heart disease and premature death:

  • In the 1990s, the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion created the Healthy Eating Index “to measure how well American diets conform to recommended healthy eating patterns.” [4] A score of 100 meant following the federal recommendations to the letter while a score of 0 meant totally ignoring them.
  • To see how well the principles embodied in the Healthy Eating Pyramid stacked up against the government’s advice, researchers at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health created an Alternate Healthy Eating Index with a scoring system similar to the USDA’s index. They then compared the two indexes, using information about daily diets collected from more than 100,000 female nurses and male health professionals taking part in two long-term studies.
    • The eleven components assessed by the Alternate Healthy Eating Index were dairy products vegetables fruit nuts & seeds bread/grains meat, poultry & fish cholesterol fat sodium alcohol and multivitamins.
    • Men who scored highest on the USDA’s original Healthy Eating Index (meaning their diets most closely followed federal recommendations) reduced their overall risk of developing heart disease, cancer, or other chronic disease by 11% over 8 to 12 years of follow-up compared to those who scored lowest. Women who most closely followed the government’s recommendations were only 3% less likely to have developed a chronic disease. [5]
    • In comparison, scores on the Alternate Healthy Eating Index did appear to correlate more closely with better health in both sexes. Men with high scores (those whose diets most closely followed the Healthy Eating Pyramid guidelines) were 20% less likely to have developed a major chronic disease than those with low scores. Women with high scores lowered their overall risk by 11%. Men whose diets most closely followed the Healthy Eating Pyramid lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease by almost 40% women with high scores lowered their risk by almost 30%.
    • In a 2014 study looking at trends in diet quality among adults in the U.S., researchers using the Alternate Healthy Eating Index found that there was steady improvement from 1999 to 2010, but that overall dietary quality remains poor. [6]

    Two studies offer further evidence of the disease prevention benefits that accrue from following a diet similar to one based on the Healthy Eating Pyramid:

    • A study that tracked 7,319 British civil servants for 18 years found that men and women with the highest scores on the Alternate Healthy Eating Index had a 25% lower risk of dying from any cause, and a 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease, than people with the lowest scores. [3]
    • Another observational study in 93,676 post-menopausal women found that following a Healthy Eating Pyramid-style diet (as measured by adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index) was superior to following a low-fat diet at lowering cardiovascular disease and heart failure risk. [1]

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    2. Belin RJ, Greenland P, Allison M, Martin L, Shikany JM, Larson J, Tinker L, Howard BV, Lloyd-Jones D, Van Horn L. Diet quality and the risk of cardiovascular disease: the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2011 May 2594(1):49-57.
    3. McCullough ML, Feskanich D, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Rimm EB, Hu FB, Spiegelman D, Hunter DJ, Colditz GA, Willett WC. Diet quality and major chronic disease risk in men and women: moving toward improved dietary guidance. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2002 Dec 176(6):1261-71.
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    Dietary Guidelines Around the World

    Join me as I travel the globe in search of nutrition guidelines!

    We begin our journey in Antigua & Barbuda! Antigua & Barbuda have opted for a Food Guide Pineapple which divides foods into 7 groups: starchy foods vegetables fruits food from animals peas, beans & nuts fats & oils sugars and sweeteners.

    We now take a short trip to the Bahamas. The Bahamas have chosen a Goat Skin Drum to represent their dietary guidelines. One of the key messages that stands out to me is ‘Choose foods for their nutritional value not for the name brand or cost’. Good advice!

    Our next destination is Barbados. Barbados use a map to communicate their dietary guidelines. It is divided into the six Caribbean food groups: staples, vegetables, fruits, legumes, foods from animals and fats and oils.

    Watch your step as we disembark in Belize to check out their Food Basket. In the basket you will find staples, vegetables, fruits, legumes, foods from animals, fats and oils, sugars and sweeteners.They encourage a variety of foods in their guidelines – ‘Choose different types of foods from all the food groups daily’.

    Next stop is Brazil. This is just one of the many pictures they display in their guidelines. I love that they show you how to create simple, balanced meals. This is practical stuff that people can actually use in their day to day lives. Brilliant! (I must admit I have a massive crush on these guidelines, this is one of my favorite destinations!)

    Now over to the Dominican Republic. They use their creativity skills to show their guidelines using The Mortar of Food & Nutrition. The mortar is a staple kitchen tool in the Dominican Republic and a symbol of the country’s cuisine. They encourage people to ‘Eat cereals and starchy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day to get all the energy you need.’

    We are now en route to Grenada and we find another creative way to represent the dietary guidelines. Here we have A Dietary Nutmeg. The nutmeg is cut in half and food groups are represented inside.

    Please stow away your tray table as we prepare to land in Guatemala. Here we find The Family Pot. I love that their key messages give a quick, brief explanation such as: ‘Eat eggs, cheese, milk or incaparina three times a week or more, because they are important for children’s growth and your family’s health’ and ‘Eat less margarine, cream, butter, chips and cold meats to take care of your heart and spend less money.’.

    We now venture into Honduras. These guys are also using a pot to communicate their guidelines. The pot contains food groups in proportions to how much should be consumed with a spoon that contains foods to eat in moderation.

    Next stop is Guyana. Why not display dietary guidelines in a way that people can easily identity with such as a Stew Pot!? Include in your stew staples, vegetables, fruits, legumes, food from animals and fats.

    Now we are heading over to find the Food Spinning Top in Venezuela. An important tip they include in their guidline is ‘Manage your money well when buying food.’

    Something we have all seen before – The Food Pyramid and this one belongs to Greece. I must say this is one of my favorite guidelines simply because it includes a glass of red wine and encourages people to drink it in moderation. Kudos Greece, kudos.

    Over we go to Germany. Here we find a German Nutrition Circle. The circle is divided into food groups with numbers representing the quantity to consume, 1 being eat most 6 eat least and 7 includes water which sits in the middle. An interesting message they promote is ‘Do not overcook your meals’ and they also note the importance of meal times by including ‘Allow plenty of time for eating and enjoy mealtimes’.

    We now head up to Denmark. I’m already loving their colorful photos of real food and basic, easy to prepare balanced meals. Showing people images of meals that they can prepare at home, excellent!

    As we say goodbye to Denmark we say hello to Thailand. Thailand represent their guidelines on a Nutrition Flag. Thailand aren’t carb-phobes as they encourage people to ‘eat rice, rice products, other grains and starchy food groups in abundance’

    Please have your chair upright as we prepare to land in Bangladesh. Here we are greeted with a Food Pyramid. They highlight the importance of iodine in the diet through one of their recommendations – ‘Limit salt intake and condiments and use only iodized salt’. They also have a food plate model showing how to create a balanced, healthy meal – wonderful!

    Slap on your sunscreen as we head over to Fiji. Fiji use both a rainbow and a pineapple to display their dietary guidelines. One of my favorite recommendations is to ‘Grow your own food.’

    We are now touching down in China. China has a Food Guide Pagoda divided into 5 levels. China encourages people to use their common sense to ‘Logically divide the daily food intake among the three meals, and choose suitable snacks.’

    We now move continents to South Africa. South Africa only shows food groups that should be eaten that are necessary for health and do not include groups that should be limited such as salt and processed foods. They also encourage local and affordable foods.

    While we are in Africa we will visit Namibia. The Namibia food guide shows only 4 groups – cereals and cereal products vegetables and fruits animal source foods and beans and fats, oils and sugar and encourage people to ‘Eat at least three meals a day’.

    As we head back home we are taking a detour via Finland. Here we find a funky looking Food Pyramid and again a practical image of a well balanced meal. Visually this is one of my favorites. They give specific guidelines such as ‘Eat vegetables, fruits and berries frequently (a minimum of 500 g/day, excluding potatoes)’.

    Now we make our stopover in Singapore. Singapore use a My Healthy Plate model and remind people to ‘Use My Healthy Plate to achieve a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients you need each day’.

    After our whirlwind trip around the world we are back in the land of Aus! Our guidelines were updated in 2013 based on the best scientific evidence and after review of over 55,000 scientific journal articles by a panel of nutrition and medical experts.

    So what have we learnt from our travels?

    – All of the dietary guidelines worldwide recommend a diet that includes all food groups such as fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, dairy, meats, fish, and healthy unstaurated oils in moderation.

    – Health guru’s that promote fad and restricted diets think they know more about human health and nutrition than the leading health organisations and nutrition experts around the world.

    – While the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating promotes a healthy, balanced diet it may need to do this in a more user friendly, creative way. The guidelines aren’t sexy so they don’t get the hype that fad diets do. So let’s make them sexy, trendy & hip! Lets make them look exciting, lets make them user friendly by showing images of actual real meals that people can cook at home.

    – We know how to eat healthy. Worldwide ‘healthy eating’ is pretty much the same with just a few adjustments to suit the culture and people of the nation. Every single one of these guidelines promote the same thing in one way or another – eat plenty of fruit and veg, lots of wholegrians, eat fish, smaller amounts of meat and dairy if you choose to, use unsaturated oils and choose minimally processed foods.

    – We don’t need to ban foods. None of the guidelines ban anything. They encourage people to eat more of some things and less of others.

    – There is no need to continuously look for new diets or bicker about what diet is best. Universally (the real) experts agree on what constitutes healthy eating.


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